Did you set goals for 2016? How are they going for you? Now that we are well into the new year, maybe you’re struggling to follow through with your goals or maybe you feel like giving up on your goals.
If you’re needing a pep talk or some inspiration to keep pressing on with your goals, here are 3 keys to actually follow through with your goals:
1. Know Your Priorities
Think about what your priorities in life are. What are those things that you want to wrap your time and energy around?
I have 4 areas that I’m really focusing on this year: my marriage, my mothering, myself, and MoneySavingMom.com. I’m aiming to wrap my life, my time, and my energy around those priorities. If an opportunity arises, if it doesn’t fall in line with those priorities, then I’m more than likely going to say no to it.
None of us can do it all and we can’t do everything in every season. When you know your priorities, it allows you to create goals that are realistic.
2. Surround Yourself With Truth Tellers
Surround yourself with people who are going to speak truth to you. I have some friends who are committed to keeping me accountable to actually having a Year of Rest. If I start to over-commit myself, they are going to call me out on it.
Find those people that are going to hold you accountable to the goals that you have set for yourself. Check in with them and let them know how you are doing. Accountability is key when it comes to being successful at following through with your plans.
In our Make Over Your Year course, we help you to set up 3 different forms of accountability:
- Person: a real-life person or group of people who will keep you accountable and check in on you.
- Product: an app, a printable, an ebook, or spreadsheet that will help you track your milestones.
- Party: a plan to celebrate when you reach the milestones you have set up for yourself. This gives you something to look forward to and will keep you going on the hard days.
Setting up multiple forms of accountability, gives you more motivation to actually follow through with your goals.
3. Tune Out the Negativity
There will always be people who are not going to like the decisions you make.
For instance, when I wrote about how I was going to stop chasing more, I received some pretty strong pushback.
Some people didn’t like what I was cutting out of my life and voiced their opinions in a pretty overt manner. They didn’t want me to step down or step back from anything and they expressed how disappointed they were in my decisions.
Part of having a blog that a lot of people read means that I just can’t please everyone nor is everyone going to agree with the decisions I make. Instead of feeling like I have to make everyone happy, I want to focus on doing what is right before God and my family.
I’ve had to shut out a lot of the negativity from people whom I don’t have a personal relationship with and instead listen to the truth tellers in my life. By doing this, I’m able to focus more on following through with my goals instead of beating myself for feeling like I’m disappointing people and letting them down.
Need some inspiration to follow through with your goals for 2016?
Need some encouragement to create realistic goals and follow through with them? We’re excited to be re-launching our very popular 4-Week Make Over Your Year Course.
This 4-week course includes a comprehensive downloadable workbook, printable worksheets to walk you step-by-step through the goal-setting process we’ll teach you, additional resources and links for each week, and 4 one-hour-long pre-recorded Group Coaching Sessions taught by Jesse and me.
We offered this course live at the beginning of the year and so many people requested that we bring it back again, so we’re really excited to offer it as a complete digital download. Best of all, the entire course will only be $25 this weekend only.